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10 Spring Maintenance Tips

10 Spring Maintenance Tips

Spring is getting close. Here are some helpful home maintenance tips for you to ponder. Get a head-start on your seasonal maintenance.

[1] Check your Gutters

Improper water drainage can lead to excess moisture in the basement or crawl space. Downspouts should drain away from the foundation and be cleared of debris.

[2] Examine Wood Trim

Check the wood trim around windows, doors and decks. Spring rains can do damage to exposed wood, which can lead to larger scale water leakages.

[3] Check Roof Shingles

Damaged shingles can develop into other problems later in the year. The end of Winter is a great time to get a head-start on your roof.

[4] Try Compacted Soil

Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. To manage this, fill the low areas in your yard with compacted soil. Also keep in mind, pools of water in low areas in summer create a breeding ground for insects.

[5] Check your Chimney

Look closely at your chimney and look for signs of damage. A chimney in disrepair can cause fires, leaks and other tragic events.

[6] Examine Concrete Areas

Look for cracks, movement and other symptoms. Exterior slabs (except for your pool) should drain away from your home’s foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk then power-wash and seal all concrete areas.

[7] Relocate Firewood

Firewood should be stored away from the home. Place your wood at least 18 inches off the ground and a minimum of 2 feet from any structure.

[8] Examine Outside Faucets

Over the Winter, your outside faucets may have frozen. This includes hoses and other external water sources. To check them, turn the water on and place your thumb over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, one or more pipes may need replacing. Also check garden hoses for dry rot.

[9] Service the AC Unit

Clean coils operate more efficiently and regular check-ups will keep the system working smoothly. Also replace interior filters on a regular basis.

[10] Check all your Power Tools and equipment

Lawn equipment and other yard tools should be ready for summer use. Look for sharp blades, clean spark plugs, caked debris and smooth operation.

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